New Jersey Divorce and Family Law Attorney
Melissa earned her Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law in 2011 where she was a Note and Comment Editor for the International Law Review and a student attorney with the Women and the Law Clinic, where she represented clients in the community in matters of domestic violence, marriage dissolution, child custody and support. Melissa was a 2011 Washington College of Law JD Distinguished Fellowship Recipient. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Brandeis University in 2008, where she was awarded with the Marcia Block Epstein ’55 Prize for Demonstrated Commitment to Social Justice.
Following law school, Melissa served as the Assistant Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, D.C. Regional Office where she oversaw the region’s Civil Rights portfolio and was responsible for receiving and conducting initial investigations of hate crime and discrimination complaints.
Melissa relocated from Maryland to New Jersey in 2014, where she thereafter served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part. As a Law Clerk, Melissa worked on cases in all areas of family law, including domestic violence, non-dissolution and pre- and post-judgment matrimonial matters. Melissa has exclusively devoted her practice to family law since 2015 as an associate for boutique matrimonial firms in Essex and Morris Counties. Melissa joined Ross & Calandrillo, LLC as an Attorney in January 2024. She is admitted to practice law in the States of New Jersey and Maryland.
Melissa is a member the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Morris County Bar Association, and a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Melissa currently serves as a Family Law Early Settlement Panelist in Morris County. She continues to serve the community as a volunteer attorney for the Morris County Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP) and was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as an investigator for the District Ethics Committee for Union County.